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Growing Up Boomer: A Generation's Joy and Angst

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The Civil Rights Movement

In the deep south of the early 1960s, black families experienced some kind of humiliation or suffering every day.

In 1963, Birmingham, Ala., was one of the most violent and segregated cities in the country, where many parents were terrified of losing their homes and jobs. Because of that, they were afraid to speak out.

But Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was about to change all that, appealing to the black community to fill the city’s jails in protest. It was the children — the baby boomers —who rose up and heeded his call to action.